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The Riba Stirling Prize is the highest accolade from the Royal Institute of British Architects, and is judged against a range of criteria including design vision; innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants and visitors; accessibility and sustainability; how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction. Previous winners include Hastings PierNewport Street Gallery and Burntwood School. This year, the winner of the award has ‘smashed the ceiling’ of sustainable office design. Bloomberg, London, designed by Foster and Partners, has won the 2018 Riba Stirling Prize for best new building. It beat Tate St Ives in Cornwall and a cemetery in Hertfordshire to the annual award.

Bloomberg’s pioneering new European HQ has been credited as the world’s most sustainable office and is thought to be the largest stone building in the City of London since St Paul’s Cathedral.

Two buildings connected by a bridge sit either side of a new public arcade, which re-establishes an ancient Roman road.

The scheme also incorporates new access to Bank Underground station, cafes and restaurants, and a museum displaying the Roman Temple of Mithras, which was discovered on the site 60 years ago.

Royal Institute of British Architects president Ben Derbyshire said: ‘Bloomberg’s new European HQ is a monumental achievement. The creativity and tenacity of Foster And Partners and the patronage of Bloomberg have not just raised the bar for office design and city planning but smashed the ceiling. This building is a profound expression of confidence in British architecture – and perfectly illustrates why the UK is the profession’s global capital. This role and reputation must be maintained, despite the political uncertainty of Brexit.’

Michael R Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, said they had aspired to ‘have a building that would inspire everyone who set foot inside it’.

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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Bloomberg, London: The World’s Most Sustainable Office Building (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

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